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Word of the Day – Phenotype

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Phenotype (noun) (biology)

fee-no-tipe

The set of observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment.

Early 20th century: from German Phaenotypus (see pheno-, type).

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FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: March 2019

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Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month is a mix-up of classic books, new releases and recommendations from the Cwts, including some books that have featured heavily in the Top 20 every month. We hope you find something that interests you.

Here are the top 20 books for March, chosen by you!

With our new reading challenge for 2019 inspired by authors’ birthdays, you may find each month this affects the books voted for and we may see authors appearing in the Top 20 during their birthday months.  Read More

Word of the Day – Moil

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Moil (verb) (archaic)

moy-l

Work hard.

Move around in confusion or agitation.

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘moisten or bedaub’): from Old French moillier ‘paddle in mud, moisten’, based on Latin mollis ‘soft’. The sense ‘work’ dates from the mid 16th century, often in the phrase toil and moil.

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FRA Readers’ Choice Top 20: February 2019

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We gave our Top 20 a miss last month as we were concentrating on the FRA Book of the Year for 2018 but now it’s time for a new Top 20, the first Top 20 of 2019. Each month we list your top 20 reads of the month, chosen by members of our reading group, The Cwts @ Reading Addicts.

This month is a mix-up of classic books, new releases and recommendations from the Cwts, including some books that have featured heavily in the Top 20 every month. We hope you find something that interests you. Here are the top 20 books for February, chosen by you!

With our new reading challenge for 2019 inspired by authors’ birthdays, you may find each month this affects the books voted for and we may see authors appearing in the Top 20 during their birthday months.  Read More

Word of the Day – Fratricide

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Fratricide (noun)

frat-ri-side

The killing of one’s brother or sister.

Late 15th century (denoting a person who kills their brother or sister, derived from Latin fratricida): the primary current sense comes via French from late Latin fratricidium, from frater ‘brother’ + -cidium (see -cide).

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